Electronic Warfare: Laser Warning System Production Should Be Limited
United States General Accounting Office Washington, United States
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The AVR-2 and AVR-2A are intended for use on combat helicopters to protect against threat weapons that rely on lasers for their operation.See fig. 1. Some of these weapons are guided by lasers while others are aided by lasers in accomplishing such functions as determining the range to target aircraft. The AIR-2 and AVR-2A protect against such threats by detecting laser energy, providing an audio warning, and displaying the type and location of the threat on a screen in the helicopter cockpit. Based on the warning information, the pilot may launch an attack against the threat or attempt to evade it.